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Revd. Maureen Hobbs,
the new Priest at St Chad's.

Revd. Maureen Hobbs is the new Priest-in-charge for St Chad's Church in Pattingham with St Mary's in Patshull, commencing her post in January 2009.

She has spent the last 8 years as Priest for the three churches in Baschurch, Western Lullingfields with Hordley in Shropshire.

Prior to becoming ordained, Maureen lived and worked in the Thames Valley area. Her University life resulted in a first degree in Russian and French, following which she gained a Diploma in Business Administration.

She trained for the ministry at Westcott House in Cambridge from 1995 to 1997 and served her Curacy at St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury.

She officially began her work here in Pattingham on Monday 19th January 2009 when she was licensed here by the Bishop of Wolverhampton, Clive Gregory at a service in St Chad's Church, Pattingham. This took place in the evening at 7.30pm. followed by an informal get-together in the Village Hall.

Maureen will live and work from the present Vicarage in Dartmouth Avenue, Pattingham. Her post will be full time with half spent on Pattingham activities and the remaining half occupied by a position of Ministry Development Advisor based in the Wolverhampton Episcopal area. This is a new role which has been created by the Bishop and will involve working with other Clergy, training of personnel, etc.

Maureen has two pets, a dog and a cat. Daisy is a chocolate labrador who will soon be enjoying country walks around Pattingham. James is a ginger/white cat. Maureen enjoys singing and has a broad interest in music.

We welcome Maureen to our village and look forward to taking part in all the future activities of St Chad's Church in Pattingham.

  BBC Midlands Today visits...

On her first day as Priest at St Chad's, Revd. Maureen Hobbs was interviewed by presenter Satnam Rana from the BBC programme 'Midlands Today'.
To see the resulting video that was broadcast in the programme at 6.30pm on the 20th January.
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The name's Hobbs... Revd. Hobbs
This was the title used when the local newspaper, the Express & Star interviewed Revd. Maureen Hobbs referring back to her career when she worked worked as a Russian linguist at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham before she joined the Church.
She was with the British intelligence agency during that tense stand-off period between West and East. She says: “I tell scout groups I used to be a spy, which always goes down well.”
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